National Centre for Behavioural Addictions
Children and young adults who are seriously addicted to computer games will now be able to get help on the NHS after the launch of country's first specialist clinic.
The Centre comprises the National Problem Gambling Clinic, the Young Persons' Problem Gambling Clinic and the Gaming Disorder Service.
Gaming Disorder Service
The gaming clinic is now open and accepting referrals nationwide from anyone aged 13-25. Self-admissions, as well as referrals from family members and professionals, are welcome.
To request a referral form or if you would like further information about the gaming clinic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7381 7722
The new service is part of the National Centre for Behavioural Addictions which will also provide support for internet addiction and is located alongside the National Problem Gambling Clinic. It comes amid growing concerns about the amount of time children and teenagers spend playing online games and the impact it can have on their mental health.
The World Health Organization has recently classified gaming disorder as a mental health condition for the first time. The new Centre for Internet and Gaming Disorders launches at the same time as the children and young person's gambling addiction service goes live. It is part of an expansion of treatments promised in the NHS Long Term Plan, with referrals for both young people's services starting in this month. Psychiatrists and clinical psychologists at the services will work with patients aged between 13-25 whose lives are being wrecked by severe or complex behavioural issues associated with gaming, gambling and social media.
This service is based in London but takes referrals from anywhere in the country.
- Everyone, regardless of age
- 12 to 16 years old
- 17 to 25 years old
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